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The Shamanic Astrology Paradigm™ is not predictive!

By Daniel Giamario

“It’s Tough to Make Predictions, Especially about the Future” – Yogi Berra, baseball playing philosopher

“Prediction is Very Difficult, Especially about the Future” – Niels Bohr, Danish Physicist

The assumption is often made that astrology is a predictive science.  Many still cling to that notion. But it had seemed in the late 1960’s, and early 1970’s, that the era of predictive astrology was over. In these times now, within the time-frame of a great Turning of the Ages, prediction is a dubious and often perilous enterprise. 

It often seems that simply making a prediction, and placing attention on something, be-it positive, or negative, could even be seen as a strategy to insure that it does not happen!  This may well be related to a principle of quantum mechanics, where the consciousness of the observer connects mysteriously to the outcome. The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School™   has never been about prediction. Let me explain.  

I first became aware of astrology through the books of Dane Rudhyar (1969 through 1973), and was part of a movement that, at that time, was known as Humanistic Astrology. Later, Rudhyar changed the name of his approach to “Transpersonal Astrology”.  I had the great fortune of having Dane and his wife Leyla Rael as early mentors.  It was the era of an astrological renaissance, with many, many young people taking a keen interest in astrology. This was actually a part of the overall cultural revolution that gripped the world in the late 1960s.  

Interestingly, the excitement and interest that astrology held for us had little connection with a predictive or deterministic kind of astrology. Rudhyar, and the others who inspired us in those days (including Zipporah Dobyns, Stephen Arroyo, Tony Joseph, Richard Idemon, and many others) favored an approach blending mythology, psychology, and spirituality. Before I even began using the expression “Shamanic Astrology” (starting in the early 1990s), I had always steered clear of predictive astrology.  

Highly influenced by Rudhyar, I have always felt that astrology is about “intent” (see note below) with the capacity of the astrologer and the client to tune into, as best they can, the intent and purpose of a natal chart or any astrological timing. The chart, or any particular timing, is a set of potentials, likened also to a set of instructions, that can either be carried out, or not. 

As Jung so beautifully stated: “Free will is doing  gladly, and freely, that which one must do.”  It’s the responsibility of the astrologer to illumine the highest set of possibilities and the full potential of the client.  This will then assist in discerning the purpose and meaning of their lives, the higher purpose of a person, not the egoic desires of the client (or the needs of the astrologer to be right). 

By focusing on intent, it stands the predictive approach on its head.  Instead of looking for a fixed future outcome, by tuning into intent it’s easier to align with lines of probability that most likely will produce the intended outcome.  I suggest that we look at the extraordinary global configurations and my recent explorations of the US chart from that perspective.

Two other experiences have galvanized my non-predictive approach.  The first was my involvement with the Ridhwan School, also known as the Diamond Heart Approach.  The One Reality that we are all part of is in motion and it evolves according to certain natural laws. 

An expression of this is known as “The Holy Plan.” People who love astrology generally love getting close with this holy plan, and then end up believing that they have it all figured out. But the “problem” is that the astrologer is part of the evolving One Reality, and can never be separate and objective to it. Therefore it’s not really possible to know for certain what the holy plan is intending. That’s why it’s also known as Great Mystery

In concert with these insights, I have also been quite impressed by the work of English astrologer Geoffrey Cornelius, the author of The Moment of Astrology. One point he makes is that there is no such thing as “objective time.”  Without the existence of objective time, prediction as normally understood is simply not possible.  Astrology is actually just an infinite number of divinations. And as many of us are experiencing, there are seemingly an infinite number of possible timelines, even if not really infinite, then certainly a rapidly expanding number of lines of probability. 

These two sets of insights remove prediction, as it has been known, entirely off the table. There is no way of knowing completely, ahead of time, what is going to happen.  Each birth chart, or each specific astrological timing, when seen as a divination, in and of itself, can be seen to have an intention, with its own meaning and purpose, which the astrologer can then form a relationship with, in concert with the client. From this, an awareness can develop concerning the intent, meaning, and purpose of the chart, or any specific timing or cycle.

Shamanic Astrology is completely in harmony with this view.  As astrologers, and as lovers of astrology, of course, we love our closeness to the holy plan. We would not be in this field if we did not feel the intimacy derived from this closeness.  However, the greater this closeness and this intimacy, the greater a humbleness and humility will grow, because it’s not possible to really know what Great Mystery has in mind. We can only get close. And that is a thrill indeed. 

Much has changed since that halcyon late 1960s and early 1970s. Much to my shock and disappointment, a good deal of mainstream astrology has regressed in my view.  So much astrology has gone back into Medieval, Hellenistic, and often deterministic Vedic systems, not to speak of “Sun Sign Astrology”. Dane Rudhyar would be rolling over in his grave! 

Many of the gains from the astrological renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s have been seemingly lost, stranded on the shores of determinism and prediction.  I suspect it’s time for another Renaissance. Certainly there are other astrologers who are part of this Re-Renaissance. To name a few, there are: Mark Jones, Gemini Brett, Dale O’Brien and Eric Francis.  The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School will always stand firmly on its Rudhyarian, humanistic, divinatory and non-predictive foundation.

Note: Regarding the word “intent”. It stems from Old French and Late Latin: Intentus; meaning a “stretching out” and a “leaning toward”. It is actional, and includes concepts like goal, an end, aim and purpose.

An Investigation Of The Astrological Chart Of The United States: 2021-2025

Part 3 of 4 by Daniel Giamario

THE NEPTUNE AND GEMINI FACTORS

Introduction and an embarrassing admission

I have been working extensively on the chart of the United States for maybe six months now, in monthly “ramblings” newsletter posts, a number of FaceBook posts, as well as seminars and vlogcasts.  I have covered the quadruple eclipse pathways, the Chiron return, the Pluto return, as well as important Jupiter, Saturn and Lunar Node transits.  I have even been mentioning the US natal Neptune square to Mars.  But through email exchanges with Greg Knell, who has become a marvelous researcher in related areas of inquiry, out of nowhere, I realized that I had totally not seen that the United States is in its Neptune opposition!  I just had not noticed!  Very humbling indeed!  This part three will hopefully remedy this situation.  I will weave this currently happening second Neptune opposition to the natal US Neptune into the larger scenario that I have been developing.  And I think you will agree that it’s as important as any of the other factors so far presented.

The Neptune Factor

I believe that the natal square of Neptune to the US Mars is one of the most important elements of the US chart.  Neptune is 22Virgo25 in the 10th house, and Mars is 21Gemini22 in the 7th.  Using the windows of initiation that we use with the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™ applied to a natal chart, here is a complete accounting of cycles of 2021-2022 related to this US natal square.  The window of initiation lasts from March 3, 2021—December 4, 2022. Read More

The Vision Quest Full Moon Approaches – Actually, We Get Two!

The Aquarius Full Moon of 2021 will soon be upon us. The exact Full Moon is 7:37PM PDT on this coming Friday evening, at 1Aquarius26. The Moon will look full from Thursday evening through Saturday evening. The Aquarius Full Moon can, in fact, occur anytime from July 22-August 22 each year. This year, we actually get two of them, as the Moon is full also on Sunday August 22nd at 5:02AM PDT at 29Aquarius37. This is often, mistakenly, called a “Blue Moon”. This situation is rather rare, occurring most recently in 1983, 2002, 2013, and now. The next time this happens is 2032. But why “Vision Quest” Full Moon?
The Aquarius Full Moon has acquired a pretty special significance since I received my visions in the early 1980’s and has been a part of the lore and traditions of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School™ ever since. After a vision quest death and rebirth experience on Mount Shasta that happened to me in 1981, I became caught up in the Mount Shasta mythos. Each year from 1981, continuing on to 1989, I took groups to the mountain for sacred ceremony, and to apply more and more of the insights and transmissions received there, that have become the evolving Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™, and that have inspired the vision for our school. I often went there over the next 15 years doing solo retreats. Many groups and many individuals were spending time camping on the mountain during those years, and I learned quite a lot. One thing that I learned from the local Shasta tradition was that the Aquarius Full Moon was the “Vision Quest Moon”, so I always scheduled my groups and my solo times on Shasta around the time of the Aquarian Full Moon. At that time the workshops that I conducted were called: “The Astrological Vision Quest”.
Whether you are able to go to Mount Shasta or not, the days upcoming around these Full Moons are so very much the perfect time for your visioning, either solo or with a group. I very much recommend that you prioritize this in your life, as best you can. Take the time, as it’s even more important in these accelerated times of change and uncertainty. Certainly, the most important thing you can do is be open to get guidance, as to discovering and clarifying your life purpose intentions, and your “place on the wheel”. Depending on your personal cycles, you can get downloads from “spirit”, as if your future self is reaching back to get your attention. Failing that, at the very least you can get clear guidance as to what to let go of, and to stop doing: to create space.
Remember to utilize the essence of Aquarius for this. This can include contacting your highest objective witness, the high witness, or the “I” behind your ordinary “I.” This is sometimes called the Atman within the Brahman. From a shamanic perspective, this would be the “eagle” of your consciousness, being able to see the very widest view, and with freedom and a non-judgmental perspective. You can add to that, the transmission of the resonantly energetic polarity of the Leo Sun. This can mean committing to your sovereign and autonomous self, with the uniquely Aquarian contribution of truly being yourself, or as it has been said: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken!”
Aiding your “quest” will be the continuing presence of Venus and Mars in Leo, still within 10degrees of each other in the evening sky. Also you can possibly notice that Mercury has now separated more than 15degrees from the sun, and is now in the morning sky in its Hermetic evening star phase in the sign of Cancer. Meanwhile Jupiter and Saturn dominate the whole of the night sky as they approach their oppositions to the Sun, bright, and guiding our way. I truly hope that you can take advantage of this opportunity. And since there are two Aquarius Full Moons this year, you can imagine two bookends of an entire month-long “vision quest” portal that can be seen as a larger context. If you miss this coming Full Moon for your ceremony, you will have another chance next month!
~by Daniel Giamario

Rethinking the Increasing Polarization Between Men and Women Within Identity Politics

By Daniel Giamario

Since the early 1970’s, I have been an advocate for the Feminine and a major supporter of the efforts to expose the debacle of patriarchy.  The women’s movement of the early 1970’s, the introduction of the asteroid goddesses, and the re-mythologizing of astrology, all inspired my criticism of sun sign astrology, as being a monotheistic relic of patriarchy ,and  a semi-brainwash.  Instead, I have always felt the soul to be polytheistic, and that the Feminine is “First Principle”.  This subject is explored in my second book, Origins of the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm.  Furthermore, the 7th and 8th principle of the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm elucidates this also: https://shamanicastrology.com/about

Also, throughout the years I have always emphasized that the archetypal feminine is not the same as women, and that the archetypal masculine does not mean men.  These principles are foundational to the full spectrum of all the gender possibilities available to men and women, and essential to engage with the inner sacred marriage process as taught by the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School™.  The aim has always been to take us beyond the simplistic and limiting views, such as “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, which merely perpetuate cultural stereotypes.

At this point in the culture, most open-minded cultural creatives, and a growing number of mainstream folk, can readily perceive that patriarchy has been a seriously bad wrong turn for global humanity.  However, over the last four to five years particularly, what seems to be happening is increased polarization.  There is increased polarization in pretty much all areas of our lives, but especially between men and women.  

I have recently realized that I have been unwittingly supporting this polarization.  I have continuously been supportive of many “Goddess” oriented groups and forums.  Terms like “Divine Feminine”, “Sacred Feminine”, are extensively used.  For eight years, I have co-created a workshop/ adventure called Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine!  For example, often when looking at the Venus synodic cycle, the emphasis is often primarily at the Venus position for women.  This is despite the fact that the Venus cycle is equally about a man’s archetypally feminine side.  Men have not felt particularly welcome in this, mostly, company of women.  Meanwhile, it’s not hard to notice that it’s almost all women that attend the gatherings that Anyaa and I have co-created in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. And it’s certainly true that the majority of students in the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School™ are women, which is equally true in my client base.  I certainly have no problem with groups designed to be for just women (or just men for that matter), but it’s not the aim of Shamanic Astrology to separate like this.  I also hope that more women will become interested in the Mars synodic cycle, and its implication for women.  I also fervently hope that the emphasis can more easily be directed at the “inner sacred marriage process”, which is the main theme of our third foundational on-line course, and that more men will feel welcome.

Another phenomenon that has happened five or six times over the last few years has really impacted me.  Dear friends and clients of mine, both men and women, have been greatly damaged through fake bots, lawsuits, and web postings that seem to stem from the excesses and fanaticism on the fringe of the “Me Too Movement”.  These victimized individuals are all good people, who have served the awakening of global humanity and who have been caught in a backlash.  

The problem is obviously the increasing polarization between men and women.  When considering questions of sex and gender: First and foremost, men and women are human beings.  We are all in this together.  And I now refuse to contribute to any further polarization.  For further information on this most important subject, please see my recent vlogcast on sex and gender here: https://youtu.be/06RSynd6rOE

Whilst there are archetypal differences between the masculine and the feminine, it’s not about men and women.  I find so many women who are consciously or unconsciously supportive and complicit in the support of the patriarchy.  And there are strident and extreme “Me-Two” supporters who actually have stated that eliminating 90% of the male population would solve the problems that the Earth faces.  I suggest that they do more shadow work, and see their own inner patriarch.  In addition to this, it’s quite obvious to see that many prominent women leaders, in politics and corporations, are totally subservient to the patriarchy, and actively benefit from supporting it.  I could name names.  And there are many good men, who are open-hearted and awake, and quite supportive of the great project of co-creating a post-patriarchal world.

I take full responsibility for whatever I have done to increase the polarizations.  So here is one thing that we have decided to do.  Anyaa and I have decided to rename our program: Renaissance of the Sacred.  Full stop.  Interestingly, our vision statement still remains the same. But now hopefully, it will not contribute to any further polarization, or be subtly suggesting the superiority of women over men.  As I must always remind us, it’s not about men or women, but rather the “inversion” created by aberrant patriarchy and patrialinealism that has caused so much damage, and has been consciously or unconsciously been supported by both men and women.  We don’t need patriarchy, or matriarchy moving forward.  At this time, with great regret, these international adventures have been suspended until travel is an easier experience.

Furthermore, I commit to guide the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School™ on this foundation, with a much more equal balance between the Masculine and the Feminine, and with less use of “Goddess”, “Divine Feminine”, or “Sacred Feminine”.  The far greater story of our type of human, going back 300,000 years, was almost always gylanic, egalitarian, cooperative, and with an equal ranking between women and men.  This is, of course, disputed by the mainstream/establishment, promoting that “civilization” only started about 5500 years ago.  This is such a limited and stifling view, creating a mono-view that drives inquiry into conformity and cognitive dissonance.  As Gandhi once remarked when asked about “Western civilization”, he remarked: “that would be a good idea”.  Certainly this is a symptom of being at the bottom of the Kali Yuga.

Ramblings, Reflections, and Ruminations from Daniel Giamario – June 2021

A Very “Mercurial” Annular Solar Eclipse by Daniel Giamario

As we approach the end of the first eclipse season of the year with the Annular (Ring) Eclipse on Thursday, let’s check in on a few of its most interesting features.

The Eclipse occurs at 6:53AM EDT…included is the chart for Philadelphia, Pa, the site of the Declaration of Independence.  Also on Thursday is the exact Sun conjunct Mercury (6:13PM EDT) and the Moon conjunct Mercury at 8:37AM EDT.  A reminder that the US Mars is 21Gemini22 and the DSC is 13Gemini10.  And a reminder that this is a North Node eclipse, making it future oriented.  So why a “Mercurial” eclipse?  And of further interest, the US Mercury is actually retrograde at 24Cancer11, with a Pisces synodic overtone, with the hermetic evening star phase, and just beginning the alchemical metamorphosis from the Pisces to Cancer.

The Sun/Mercury conjunction is a super important point in the alchemical metamorphosis of the Aquarian synodic overtone of Mercury into Gemini, fully developed at the Stationary direct point on June 22nd at 18Gemini08.

The word “mercurial” certainly is a wonderful word that captures most all of the essence of Mercury/Hermes, and particularly the Gemini synodic overtone.  An on-line dictionary begins with the words: eloquence, ingenuity, and thievishness; followed by unpredictable changeableness.  Other synonyms follow including: capricious, fickle, fluid, inconsistent, mutable, skittish, temperamental, unstable, unsteady, volatile, and variable.  Sound like Mercury in Gemini retrograde???  Just wait for the full synodic cycle after June 22nd!  It also reminds me a lot of one of the three main shadows of the United States (as I have written and spoke about a lot recently).

The annular eclipse offers many ceremonial opportunities, whether you can see it or not.  Those of you in Eastern and Central Canada have quite a good view, and the Northeast US gets a great partial eclipse, where the Sun at sunrise is already partially eclipted.  Philadelphia gets a 71% partial eclipse, for example.  See the chart of the path included.  A solar eclipse is a super new moon, and can be worked with as a tremendous seed planting time for at least six months, and maybe as long as 3-4 years.  This is a presaging of the quadruple cross of 4 eclipses over the US from 2023-2024, involving the solar eclipses of 2012, 2017, 2023, and 2024.    See my current vlogcast for more information.

Being a North Node eclipse, there is a great potential for envisioning a better future.  But, in the partial phase, prior to totality, place the greatest emphasis on the past shadow of Gemini, personal and collectively, with a strong emphasis on the actual historic behavior of the US, honestly and objectively, without any propaganda.  And then, at the nearly 4 minutes of annularity, imagine a portal appearing, through which new bursts of creativity, vision and imagination stream through, from outside the galaxy, by way of the galactic edge, where souls pass by the gates of duality and polarity.  Should you witness this, the flames and radiance of the Sun’s corona, clearly seen around the Moon, can represent the brilliance of celestial creativity.  Following the time of totality, then its seed planting time, at least for the next 6 months; but considering what is coming, I suggest envisioning through 2025, as this eclipse season presages the upcoming quadruple-cross of 2023 and 2024.  This is the most “active magic” portion of a super new moon total eclipse, where we can co-create with “Great Mystery”.